BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s own Anthony Fontanez last night made it appear that advancing in Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship” was as simple as one, two, three. And in this case, he did it with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry to create his favorite confection — macarons.

“I am super impressed,” said judge Duff Goldman during the January 13 episode when the 12-year-old presented his Neapolitan-inspired dessert — mascarpone and strawberry filling sandwiched between chocolate and vanilla meringue-based crust.

“I love you’ve got a hidden surprise,” added judge Valerie Bertinelli referring to dab of strawberry jam placed in the center of mascarpone. “You’ve got all three colors and taste all in one bite.”

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Click here to watch the "The “1,2,3 Delicious!" episode, which airs this week on Food Network.

Now the 12-year-old advances to the third round of the competition, which will debut on Monday, January 20 with the remaining 10 contestants creating desserts that look like sandwiches.

The contestant who remains standing after 10 elimination rounds of baking challenges will be named Kids Baking Champion, earning $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine.

For more on Fontanez’s journey to reach the finals of “Kids Baking Championship,” click here: Belmar's Anthony Fontanez Advances in Food Network’s ‘Kids Baking Championship’.


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